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Cabinet looks into issues of National Schools’ principals

President Maithripala Sirisena has, today (15), inquired into the transfer of principals who have been serving in the same school for eight years and the prolonged issue of not appointing graded principals for many national schools. The President has, reportedly, made this inquiry at the Cabinet meeting held today (15). Accordingly, Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has stated that this...

Buddhism gives freedom to follow any religion

Former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa states that discipline of the people, too, is important to build a country along with personal freedom. And if not, the society will become confusing, he said, attending a function held in Panadura. He says that religion builds a country and that every religion tries to guide a country in a better path at all...

Japan Olympic chief denies corruption allegations

The head of Japan's Olympic Committee Tuesday denied involvement in a suspect payment made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Games, while apologising for any possible impact on the hosting of the event. French investigating magistrates have indicted Tsunekazu Takeda as they probe two payments of 2.8 million Singapore dollars ($2.1 million) made before the Japanese capital was chosen to...

Serena opens bid for Slam history with crushing win

Serena Williams denied Tuesday her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title was a distraction as her Australian Open campaign launched with a straight sets mauling of Germany's Tatjana Maria. In an ominous warning to her rivals at Melbourne Park, the American dismantled Maria 6-0, 6-2 in only 49 minutes, justifying her status as bookies' favourite to claim an...

China, Canada diplomatic row escalates with death sentence

A diplomatic spat between Beijing and Ottawa intensified on Tuesday as Canada warned its citizens of the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of laws in China after a Canadian drug suspect was sentenced to death. The Canadian government updated its travel advice hours after a court in northeast China sentenced Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, to death at a retrial after his...

Illegal sand miner hits four police officers with tractor

Four police officers, who had been on a raid to seize an illegal sand mining racket, have sustained injuries as a suspect had hit the police officers with a tractor and fled the scene. The four police officers along with a police inspector had carried out a raid in Kodikamam area in Jaffna last night (14) based on a tip-off...

President to leave for Philippines today

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is slated to visit the Philippines today (15) upon the invitation of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Philippines, announced. The Sri Lankan leader’s state visit from Jan. 15 to 19 is the first high-level visit by a foreign government leader to the Philippines this year. DFA Asst. Sec. Elmer Cato...

New Kelani Bridge entry temporarily closed today

Vehicular traffic on the road from the New Kelani bridge entry towards the Kelanitissa Roundabout will be restricted over maintenance activities. The route will be closed from 8 am to 5 pm, today (15), according to the Police. Reportedly, the road will be closed due to the installation of high-voltage power cables. All heavy vehicles en route from Katunayake to Colombo on...

Thai Pongal delivers values of gratefulness to world

Adding his wishes for the Thai Pongal festival, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that Thai Pongal reflects the deepening relationship between humans and the environment and delivers the value of gratitude to the world. Prime Minister wishes the Tamil community for blissful celebrations recognizing the blessings of a multi-cultural society which accredits shared respect and unity. Complete Thai Pongal Day message...

Winds expected to strengthen over the island

Windy condition is expected to strengthen to some extent over the island (Northwestern, Uva and Eastern provinces and Hambanthota and Mannar districts) and surrounding sea areas in next few days (from tomorrow night). Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Uva province and in Batticaloa, Ampara and Hambanthota districts. Several spells of light showers will occur in Polonnaruwa district. Showers or thundershowers...
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